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Cydel Charles Young[1] (born September 15, 1984),[1][2] better known by his stage name CyHi the Prynce, is an American rapper, singer and songwriter from Stone Mountain, Georgia.[3] In 2009, Young signed his first major-label contract with Konvict Muzik, with the backing of Def Jam Recordings. In 2010, he signed with Kanye West's GOOD Music label imprint. Young went on to appear on West's highly acclaimed album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) and has released nine mixtapes, with the latest being BHP II: NAACP (2015), a conscious hip hop concept mixtape about the history of black people in America and the sequel to Black Hystori Project, released in February 2014. He was released from his Def Jam contract in August 2015. In November 2017, he released his debut album, No Dope on Sundays, under GOOD Music and Sony Music, following years of label disputes and series of mixtapes spanning his career.

Cyhi the Prynce
Cyhi the Prynce performing in June 2014
Background information
Birth nameCydel Charles Young
Also known asPrynce Cyhi
Born (1984-09-15) September 15, 1984 (age 34)
OriginStone Mountain, Georgia, United States
GenresHip hop
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2005–present
Associated acts



1985–2011: Early life and career beginningsEdit

Growing up in Georgia, Young played various sports including football, basketball, and track and field, in addition to singing in school choirs and participating in school plays and dances. He was raised Baptist by strict parents, who didn't allow him to listen to hip hop music as a youth. However, Young cites his parents' methods as a foundation upon which he could build himself in character, especially growing up in the area that he was.

In 2009, Young signed a recording contract with Akon's Konvict Muzik label imprint, under the aegis of Def Jam Recordings.[4] Young first gained major attention in 2010 when he received a co-sign from fellow American rapper and hip hop mogul Kanye West.[5][6] Young reports that American singer Beyoncé, a friend of West and the wife of his mentor, Jay-Z, convinced Kanye West to sign him to his GOOD Music imprint.[7] This culminated in Young's inclusion on West's weekly free music giveaway GOOD Fridays, and his fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010).

Young recorded his second mixtape, Royal Flush II, with producer CPK, and planned to work further with previous collaborators the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, No I.D. and Kanye West, as well as DJ Toomp, The Alchemist and Just Blaze.[8] Young released his third mixtape, Jack of All Trades, later in 2011, which announced the title of his debut studio album to be Hardway Musical.

2012: Cruel SummerEdit

Young appeared on GOOD Music's compilation album Cruel Summer, released September 18, 2012. Young was ultimately featured on two tracks, including: "The Morning", along with Raekwon, Common, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Kid Cudi, and D'Banj, as well as "Sin City", alongside John Legend, Teyana Taylor, Malik Yusef, and Travis Scott.[9] On January 29, 2013 he released his fifth mixtape, Ivy League: Kick Back.[10] The tape features guest appearances from 2 Chainz, B.o.B, Travis Porter, Yelawolf, Childish Gambino, Trae Tha Truth and Bobby Valentino among others.[11] Despite not being featured on Kanye West's Yeezus album, Young has writing credits on all but one of the album's songs.[12] CyHi continued to prepare his debut studio album Hardway Musical for release.[13]

2015–present: Label confusion and L.I.O.N.Edit

As of August 2015, CyHi's album had yet to receive a release date. Frustrated with his situation and having been dropped from Def Jam Recordings, he released a diss track called "Elephant In The Room", aimed toward G.O.O.D. Music, its owner Kanye West, Pusha T and Teyana Taylor. On the track, he addresses his album delays and even threatens Kanye: "While you're in your little Lambo on Sunset, I'm riding with a gun next to me and it sounds like a little boy playing with a drum set / And, it holds a hundred rounds 'cause when you come around, niggas quick to gun you down." [14]

CyHi would later clarify that the track was not in fact a diss. Rather it was similar to the light-hearted 'insults' that Eminem would inflict on Dr. Dre.[15] An upcoming album to be titled L.I.O.N. was announced amid this increase in media attention, still containing the G.O.O.D. Music imprint's logo, further indicating that CyHi was still with the label, and on good terms.[16]

His debut album, No Dope on Sundays, was released on November 17, 2017. It was preceded by the singles “Movin' Around” featuring Schoolboy Q and “Dat Side” featuring Kanye West.


Studio albumsEdit


  • Royal Flush (2010)
  • Royal Flush 2 (2011)
  • Jack of All Trades (2011)
  • Ivy League Club (2012)
  • Ivy League: Kick Back (2013)
  • Black Hystori Project (2014)
  • Black Hystori Project 2: N.A.A.C.P. (2015)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Grammy Awards (as songwriter)Edit

Year Work Award Result Ref.
2014 "New Slaves" Best Rap Song Nominated [17]
2015 "Bound 2" Nominated
2016 "All Day" Nominated
2017 "Famous" Nominated
"Ultralight Beam" Nominated
2019 "Sicko Mode" Nominated


  1. ^ a b "Rapper Prynce | Atlanta Artist of the Month | Sweet Georgia". 1985-09-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
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  3. ^ CyHi Da Prynce – What’s My Name? – Listen & Download Now. Retrieved on 2012-06-27.
  4. ^ mtv (2011-07-01). "CyHi The Prynce Says Kanye, Akon Pledged To 'Enhance' His Music". MTV. Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  5. ^ Kanye West Co-Signs Prynce Cy Hi | News | CyHi The Prince | Artists | Def Jam. Island Def Jam (2010-02-16). Retrieved on 2012-06-27.
  6. ^ Kanye West Endorses CyHi Da Prynce. Rap Radar (2010-02-15). Retrieved on 2012-06-27.
  7. ^ Horowitz, Steven J.. (2011-07-26) CyHi Da Prynce Says Beyonce Told Kanye West To Sign Him To G.O.O.D. Music | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales. HipHop DX. Retrieved on 2012-06-27.
  8. ^ Ryon, Sean. (2011-07-30) CyHi Da Prynce Talks Debut Album, G.O.O.D. Music Beef | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales. HipHop DX. Retrieved on 2012-06-27.
  9. ^ Young, Alex. "Kanye West's Cruel Summer tracklist revealed". Retrieved 7 September 2012.
  10. ^ Iandoli, Kathy (2013-01-14). "Mixtape Release Dates: Consequence, Big K.R.I.T., B-Real, Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  11. ^ Horowitz, Steven J. (2013-01-30). "CyHi The Prynce "Ivy League: Kickback" Mixtape Download". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  12. ^ "CyHi The Prynce Speaks On His Yeezus Contributions (Video)". Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  13. ^ Baker, Soren (2013-06-27). "CyHi The Prynce Says G.O.O.D. Music's "Cruel Winter" LP May Arrive This Year". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2013-08-14.
  14. ^ "CyHi The Prynce Disses Kanye West, Pusha T In New Song". August 5, 2015.
  15. ^ Lyons, Patrick (2015-08-08). "CyHi The Prynce Says He Didn't Diss Kanye West On "Elephant In The Room"". Retrieved 2017-03-03.
  16. ^ Lilah, Rose (2015-08-07). "CyHi The Prynce Announces New Album "L.I.O.N."". Retrieved 2017-03-03.
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